Practical workshops wet students appetite for STEM-related careers

On Thursday 14th June, our maths, simulation and control product specialists took part in a STEM Fair at Imperial War Museum, Duxford. This hands-on activity event invited over 300 secondary school and A-level students to take part in a range of practical workshops led by scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians from well known organisations such as Napp Pharmaceuticals, Mott MacDonald, Marshall Engineering, The Royal Navy, The Army and many more. Workshops covered a range of topics from robot racing and spectroscopy in a suitcase, to crane building and vehicle aerodynamics. Over the course of the day, students gained invaluable work-related learning (seeing how STEM subjects apply to the real world) and career guidance (understanding what doors STEM learning opens).

Adept’s team ran a series of mathematical modelling and control workshops, where students got to see Quanser’s Inverted Pendulum experiment in action (view a movie of the working pendulum here), then model the complete system using graphical components in MapleSim multi-domain modelling software and design a control loop that maintains the pendulum upright. Our mission was to get students excited about the endless possibilities today’s cutting-edge technical software and hardware can offer. This experiment never fails to impress and students left the workshop engaged and enthused by their practical application of physics and control theories.

Safer food while saving money – Food Safety Week 2012 theme applies to budget-stretched households & food manufacturers alike

As the Food Standards Agency (FSA) launch their Food Safety Week 2012 today, it’s not just families and households thinking about how to ensure food safety while trying to save money – indeed more and more food manufacturers are turning to our SPC software solutions developed by Northwest Analytics to help them reduce waste and cut costs while guaranteeing quality and food hygiene. Tough economic times and strict food safety standards mean there’s no room for error in food production. Our quality management and analytics software enable successful compliance with regulatory standards such as the Food Safety Modernisation Act and commercial standards such as ISO22000 and GFSI. They deliver effective systems that handle data collection, management, analytics and visibility throughout the company and supply chain.

Download our Food Industry SPC Application Pack to read how food manufacturers like Kettle Foods, rely on NWA SPC software solutions to guarantee the quality of their goods and improve productivity, while reducing waste and cutting costs.

Adept Scientific’s Cream Tea and Picnic

In the lead-up to the Diamond Jubilee long weekend, we held a cream tea and picnic at our offices in Letchworth. The weather was predictably varied, so we turned our warehouse into a Jubilee-themed café, and served up platters of traditional English finger foods and desserts, with pitchers of Pimms-like juice and cloudy lemonade.

Below are some photos from the day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is your organisation doing anything to celebrate the Jubilee? We’d love to hear about it in the comments.

Bringing EndNote expertise to an event near you

Newcastle University’s Robinson Library held their Referencing and EndNote event last week. Adept Scientific were invited along to provide extra EndNote and EndNote Web know-how to students, staff and librarians.

Our team was kept busy answering user queries, supporting library staff, software training, circulating information and raising EndNote awareness, so it was a really useful and productive event for everyone involved.

General feedback on EndNote during the day was very positive and most people wished they’d used it sooner. So the lesson of the day is to start using EndNote from the very outset of your studies rather than waiting till the write-up stage. You’ll streamline your research, build a fuller reference collection and avoid last minute panics about dissertation deadlines. We also found that most EndNote user issues often arose from a lack of knowledge about all the different features available. That only goes to prove the importance of basic software training, which shortens the learning curve, reduces technical queries and improves productivity.

We’d like to be invited to attend more events like this. We have our own stand, an excellent range of user guides and literature, and we don’t charge for our time. If you or your colleagues are involved in setting up library resources and software events at your university, and you’d like an Adept representative to bring some expertise about the bibliographic tools we supply – whether it’s EndNote, EndNote Web or Reference Manager – please get in touch. Email info@alfasoft.com or call +44 (0) 203 695 7810.

A bumper week for conferences

Adept Scientific is out and about across the country this week, attending three different academic events:

Tomorrow, our maths and simulation software specialist, Samir Khan will be showcasing the latest advances in maths teaching software to academics, teachers and PGCE students at the Mathematics Association Annual Conference, Keele University, Staffordshire.

At the same time, our biblio software product manager, Stephanie Marshall will be on hand at the Librarians’ Information Literacy Annual Conference (LILAC 2012) in Glasgow to answer questions and demonstrate EndNote, EndNote Web and Reference Manager.

Then on Thursday and Friday, we’re attending the STEM 2012 Annual Conference at Imperial College, London to show how online assessment tool, Maple T.A., offers academic institutions innovative methods to deliver effective, efficient mathematics and technical education.

If you’re attending any of these event, look out for us and come say hello!

Adept Scientific Raises Funds for Sport Relief 2012

On Friday lunchtime, some of us at Adept Scientific headed out into the hazy, summer-like day to clock a few miles for Sport Relief.  Twelve participants (11 human and 1 canine) began a 4-mile walk from the Letchworth office and headed north towards the scenic footpaths of idyllic Norton, which rewarded us with picturesque views of farmland and the surrounding countryside of Hertfordshire.

 

 

Our brisk pace was eased slightly by a quick stopover at the Three Horseshoes pub, where we convened for a cold drink before heading back to the office to eat a baked potato and tally up our donations. As Adept Scientific agreed to donate £1 per mile walked per person (or animal) doubled, we managed to raise a respectable £108 for Sport Relief. Not bad for bit of fresh air and exercise!

 

 

Click here if you’d like to see the route we took.

 

What have you done, or what will you be doing, to raise money for Sport Relief this year?

 

On World Science Day, liven up your lab reports with ChemDraw

Day three of the World Education Games is World Science Day. This event aims to foster curiosity and excitement about science in a unique and fun way, whilst helping students to improve their ability to answer knowledge, application and reasoning questions.

Even though high-school science won’t involve the complex experiments you’d find at degree level or in the work place, young learners are nevertheless required to write lab reports and record their findings. That’s where desktop laboratory software tools like ChemDraw can help students create accurate, well-drawn chemical structures, reactions and diagrams that can be pasted into any MS Office document for smart-looking write-ups. And with handy, chemically-clever features like the floating periodic table (providing element information at all times), ready-made LabArt, automatic chemical error warnings and a Structure CleanUp tool that automatically improves poor drawings, ChemDraw has the power to improve students’ work and impart chemical knowledge while they work. Students should be able to spend less time generating reports and more time getting hands-on and practical in the lab.

There is special discount academic pricing available for individual students and teachers, as well as whole schools. Contact your nearest office to find out more.

Happy holidays from all of us at Adept Scientific!

Well, another year is coming to an end. Despite all the doom and gloom we hear on the news about the challenging economic conditions we’re all facing globally, we’ve had another successful year here at Adept Scientific, and we hope you have too. As always, we strive to offer our customers the very best products and the very best support and customer service. The feedback we constantly get from customers (we say with all due modesty) shows we seem to be getting it right. You can be sure we’re committed to maintaining our standards in 2012 and onwards, to earn your continued loyalty. After all, every success we achieve is thanks to you.

We’re looking forward to working with all our fantastic customers, suppliers and partners in the New Year, and thank you for all your support in 2011. Compliments of the season to everyone reading this, and all of us here at Adept – in Letchworth, Frankfurt and Copenhagen – wish you a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.

Adept brings bibliography software to Online Information 2011 in London

Last week, our bibliographic software specialists exhibited at the largest event dedicated to the information industry – Online Information 2011 – at Olympia, London.

The event showcased some of the best products and services available for the information and information management industries. Our team was there to demonstrate the new features of Thomson Reuter’s EndNote X5 including the new PDF viewer and reference updater tools. We also got a very privileged sneak peek at the EndNote iPad app that’s in development and planned for release some time in 2012. This fab new tool will let you gather online references, read, edit and annotate PDFs, then email them to colleagues, all on your iPad. The iPad tablet is a perfect compliment to EndNote desktop where users will find the most advanced support for publishing their research.  Watch this space for more updates on the EndNote iPad app!

If you couldn’t make it to this year’s event, you can still experience the best bibliographic tools by visiting our biblio software webpages where you can find out more, download trials and brochure for EndNote, EndNote Web and Reference Manager.

Our EndNote expertise in demand at DMU eResources Roadshow 2011

Our bibliographic software specialists, Stephanie Marshall and Bob Green, were invited to attend the Annual eResources Roadshow at De Montfort University (DMU) on Wednesday 16th November. The event was hosted by Library Services and provided an excellent opportunity for academic staff and students to meet and quiz representatives from some of the library’s major eResource providers.

Our team was kept extremely busy providing information, answering questions and demonstrating DMU’s site-licensed bibliographic software tools, EndNote and EndNote Web to a wide range of users, from undergraduates still finding their referencing feet, to PHD students and lecturers looking for new ways to manage/use more extensive libraries.

 

 

 

 

 

If your institution is planning on holding a similar library event and you’d like an Adept representative to provide EndNote, EndNote Web or Reference Manager expertise, please get in touch. We’d be only too happy to meet your users and lend you some of our product know-how for the day.

 

 

 

 

 

Email info@alfasoft.com or call +44 (0) 203 695 7810, and let us help you promote your library resources to staff and students at your site.


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